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Catalog Number 2006.044.0065
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Group of Miners—This group was taken near the No. 4 Drift—evidently of miners working in that mine. Each wore on his hat a pitlamp such as those used by all the miners. It burned a mixture of half lard oil and half coal oil through a little string wick that had to be picked on to be pulled up. As a boy, Tim Thomas did trapping for $1.25 a day and, as such, wore one of these lamps. But waiting for the car to come to the door to be opened was long and dull. He wanted more light, so he put a big wick in his lamp and burned more fuel. As he washed up at home (there were no dry shacks then), he can remember yet, his father telling him that he burned more lard oil than he was making in wages. Shown here, too, are the dinner pails in common usage—a bucket which held a good amount, of coffee with a dinner center (in which was placed sandwiches and other lunch) suspended over the liquid. The bucket was set on the stove during work and at lunchtime the coffee was hot. Home in the evening, the miner removed the dinner center and sent the kid over to the saloon for a bucket of beer. Thought to be among this group are: Lew Williams (2nd left, top row); Sol Heist (6th left, 2nd row from top); Joel Altimus (7th left, 2nd row from top); Ed Brooks (3rd left, 2nd row from top); Billie Herbert (5th left, 2nd row from top); Tom Sidebotham (2nd to bottom row, 3rd from right); Herst Beever (2nd to bottom row, 2nd right); Taffy (Tom) Thomas (top row, 2nd right from horse).
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title Group of Miners
Collection Whithorn Collection